Building Girls Work Crew changes the lives of many young women. Work Crew teaches girls not only the basics of construction, but life basics as well--how to open a bank account and use credit wisely, how to use the phone and email to one's advantage, interviewing practice, resume building and crucial work experience that most are lacking. This changes lives dramatically, giving young women a future in living wage careers (most construction jobs in Portland start around $15/hr and end between $30/hr - $37/hr), changing their lives and the lives of their children.
Four experienced carpenters are coming together to lead this crew of young women, and are funded by a grant. There are three different jobsites secured--a community garden on capped landfill that's turning into a park, a school starting their first garden and a church depaving their parking lot to put in a community garden. Additionally, community partners will be hosting us to demonstrate different trades and life skill lessons.
Women make up 6% of construction workers in Oregon, and even then the average age of a starting apprentice is 32. It is time for young women to have an option for a career after high school, a career that pays well, has health care and retirement plans. Most young women are pushed into minimum wage jobs if they don't go on to college, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. It is time for young women to have an opportunity to change their lives and the lives of their families. At starting wages double Oregon's minimum wage, careers in construction are respectable careers full of opportunity. Help give young women a chance to change the future!